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Thousands of cheering people lined Vancouver’s streets Thursday to welcome the Olympic torch as it finally came home. The Olympic flame, which has been jogged and walked and wheeled and carried by every contrivance from surfboard to dogsled, crossed into the city in the afternoon. “I think it has hit home for everybody. We’ve all been waiting for this moment for the torch to arrive and now it’s here,” said Vancouver firefighter Brian Bogdanovich, who ran the torch to the steps of city hall. Among the torchbearers Thursday were former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden, basketball superstar Steve Nash and crooner Michael Bublé.
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Third time lucky? Canada’s quest for hometurf Olympic dominance begins Friday when the first of the country’s 206 athletes get into action at the long-awaited Vancouver Games. Canadian Olympic officials have made it clear they want the country to finish the Games on Feb. 28 with more medals than any other nation, including powerhouses such as Germany and the United States. Canadian Olympic Committee chairman Michael Chambers says the goal is ambitious, but eminently achievable in what will be the third time Canada has hosted the Olympics after Montreal in 1976 and Calgary in 1988. Ski jumping will launch the 17-day sports extravaganza, which will feature a smorgasbord of talented athletes from 82 countries. Meanwhile, speculation continued to mount Thursday on the identity of the final torchbearer who will light the cauldron at B.C. Place stadium during the opening ceremonies. The name of hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Terry Fox’s mother, Betty, have been mentioned as possible candidates.
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VANCOUVER GAMES WEEKEND UPDATES! Torchbearer Michael Tchao jumps as he carries the Olympic flame during the Olympic torch relay at Simon Fraser University on Thursday in Burnaby, B.C. The Olympic flame is on a 106-day journey across Canada in the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history. It will end with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday.
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Two children have been taken from a northeast home where police seized an assault rifle, cocaine, cash and body armour after a month-long drug trafficking investigation. On Feb. 3, police say they found morphine pills, a machete, $2,260 worth of cocaine and $7,200 cash in a Ford Focus and the seizure led investigators to a home on Costa Mesa Close NE the next day. Police turned up a stolen M-15 assault rifle, ammunition, three handguns, a silencer and a conducted energy weapon disguised as a cellphone at the home. Police also found “home invasion kits,” with various items including detonators and body armour. “These are like the home invasion kits we’ve seen in the past in upper level organizations and we’re pretty happy to have those off the street,” Staff Sgt. Mark
HOMICIDE Officials have released the name of Monday’s homicide victim. Marcus Tremaine Deveaux, 37, was found collapsed on the ground in Inglewood and while police will not release his cause of death, reports say the man was badly beaten. Darrin Amond, 30, has been charged with seconddegree murder and a second man is being questioned. METRO CALGARY
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Staff Sgt. Mark Hatchette displays a number of weapons seized after a traffic stop and raid on a home in the city’s northeast.
Hatchette said. A seven-year-old and 13year-old found in the home were handed over to social services, Hatchette said, but he added the parents of the children have not yet been charged. “It’s one of those things where, how do (the parents) not know
what was going on in the house,” he said, adding police were consulting with the Crown to determine if charges are necessary. Emmanuel Soto, 21, and Nathan Kim, 23, who is known to the gang unit, are facing drug and weapon charges.
Second search • On Thursday a second residence was searched and a small amount of cocaine was seized, say police. Two women and a man face drugrelated charges.
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Riding association members quit over ‘control’ CANDIDACY Most members of a Calgary riding association held by a controversial Conservative MP have resigned, saying they can’t function under the “arbitrary and absolute control” of the national wing of their own party. The two groups had been arguing over the candidacy of five-term MP Rob Anders in the next federal election. National Tory policy makes it difficult to hold a
nomination contest if a sitting MP wishes to run again, and those opposing Anders hadn’t been able to meet the requirements. Rob Anders But the riding association planned to attempt a nomination battle anyway before the national wing of the Tory party
stepped in last week. Sixteen Calgary West board members said in a letter dated Wednesday that they couldn’t continue after the council restricted the board’s access to funds, took away control over elections at an upcoming general meeting and cut off access to the riding’s membership. “We feel that democracy is being neither recognized nor served by the arbitrary and absolute control being
utilized by the national council in attempting to minutely direct both the actions and thoughts of the local board,” reads the letter sent to John Walsh, president of the national council. Fred DeLorey, director of communications for the Conservative Party of Canada, said in an email Thursday that the party “will not be commenting on internal party matters.” THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Investigators probe $25,000 fire Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that caused an estimated $25,000 in damage at a home on Bedford Pl NE Thursday morning. Two people were home at the time and taken to hospital for precaution. Crews continue to investigate. METRO CALGARY
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The owner of a pit bull that allegedly attacked two young girls and an elderly man last year in the city’s northeast has pleaded guilty to three charges and was fined $3,000. Brenda Louise Byer, 27, faced a total of 12 charges, but the remaining nine charges were withdrawn following her guilty pleas. The dog was put down last July after the attacks.
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Attempting to predict their own futures in a fortune cookie, over 500 Mount Royal University students staged a Day of Action Thursday protesting post-secondary education cuts. The students gathered Thursday at MRU and staged the campaign dubbed Our Fortunes, Our Futures, designed to send a message to the Alberta government to halt spending cuts, according to external relations for the student’s association Robert Jones. “We want to raise awareness about the budget cuts which basically cuts $54 million in funding and also increased the debt burden onto students,” Jones said, adding many people need more schooling just to re-enter the job market in the current economy. Students gathered to
Teenager faces 25 graffiti charges VANDALISM Calgary police
have charged a 16-year-old male with over 25 graffitirelated offences in south Calgary. Since October 2009, there have been several complaints about spray painting and tagging in the Queensland, Deer Run and Canyon Meadows. Police allegedly found 23 cans of spray paint and sketches similar to the vandalism in the boy’s home. Police don’t believe he is behind the racial graffiti in November. METRO CALGARY
Matt Spreen, 20, and Brittney Helfrich, 20, Mount Royal students, sign their names to a list with students on campuses across Alberta that will be compiled into a giant fortune cookie and sent to the Alberta government to stop spending cuts to post-secondary education.
sign petitions and also create a “fortune” message to send to the Alberta government. “We thought it would be a good way to let the government know what a deep impact these cuts
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are taking the news hard and fear for the worst. “It’s unfortunate, because you can’t get up to date on your education and it seems to affect more people who can’t afford to go to school,” he said.
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The 4th annual Reel Fun Film festival will kick off Monday at Cardel Theatre, featuring a day filled with film, fun, and festivities. “It’s going to be an all day event, and it’s going to be so much fun because families can come interact with actual film teams,” said Cathy Mckee, festival director. Movie animals will be there, as well as makeup artists and other film folks. The festival will run until Feb. 22 and showcase a wide selection of Canadian and international films, some of which will be premiering at the festival. “We’re really excited because we just got The Secret of Kells, an Oscar nominated film,” said Mckee. The closing gala will feature the Canadian Premiere of Broken Hill, with producer Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite) and writer/director Dagen Merrill in attendance. Visit reelfunfilmfest. com for more information.
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N.B. minister resigns from cabinet New Brunswick’s justice minister has resigned from cabinet as the result of a breach of privacy that occurred when he was minister of local government. The Opposition Conservatives called for the resignation of Bernard LeBlanc after an email was released identifying a complainant in an animal abuse case. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Florists deal with trio of events
Since the Winter Olympics has competition from Valentine’s Day and Chinese Lunar New Year, it looked like a perfect storm for Vancouver florists. Some downtown florists say they’re getting orders for cheap red-and-white bouquets from customers who want them in hand for rink tossing at the figure skating venue. But with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, business in red roses was slow.
Ontario must reject a new trade agreement that allows Canadian companies to be temporarily exempt from the Buy American elements of Washington’s stimulus package, critics demanded Thursday after releasing a leaked copy of the bilateral agreement. The one-sided deal will eventually give foreign companies permanent access to publicly funded contracts in areas like schools and hospitals that were previously closed to them, while the province is getting very little in return, they said. In exchange, Canadian companies will get access to a small pot of U.S. stimulus funding, most of which has
The deal will open about $10 billion worth of Ontario projects to the U.S. and about $73 billion worth of American projects to Ontario businesses, Premier Dalton McGuinty said.
already been spoken for, said Fred Hahn, Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “It binds us forever to opening procurement,” he said. “This isn’t just about some short-term deal to get access to money that ... is practically all committed. Alongside it is a forever agreement. That’s not something that I think anybody in the province of Ontario thinks we’re signing up for.”
Only Ontario and Quebec have included procurement contracts for schools, hospitals, universities and social services in the agreement, according to the leaked documents. But Quebec has a clause that exempts anything that pertains to culture, said Stewart Trew of the Council of Canadians. “We have questions about why Ontario’s Crown corporation responsible for water utility management maintenance has been included into its list of committed agencies,” he said. Bans on bottled water, “buy local” food initiatives and fair wage policies in Ontario may all come under attack from U.S. and foreign companies as a result, Hahn said. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Buy American deal slammed by unions Jim Prentice, minister of the Environment and minister responsible for southern Alberta, talks to reporters at a media scrum in Calgary on Thursday.
Oilsands need to get greener, Prentice says Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice says outside criticism of Alberta’s oilsands will continue unless there is a constant effort to improve their environmental impact. He was responding to an announcement by U.S. organic food store Whole Foods and home furnish-
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Colonel’s home searched by cops CRIME Forensic investigators from the Ontario Provincial Police spent hours Thursday combing through the Ottawa home of an air force colonel charged in the murders of two women and the sexual assaults of two others. Officers carrying boxes arrived at the house shared by Col. Russell Williams and his wife shortly after noon. Williams, the former commander of Canada’s largest military airfield, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, was arrested Sunday in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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China needs to use its clout to curb Iranâ€™s pursuit of nuclear power, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said yesterday, refusing to rule out further sanctions against the Islamic regime. â€œI think the Chinese need to step up to the plate here. China, of course, is a very highly regarded partner with Iran,â€? Cannon said in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press. Speaking in his corner office overlooking west Quebec, he said he expects the issue to dominate discussions among G8 foreign ministers to be held next month just across the river. Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said sanctions against Iran would be counterproduc-
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ECONOMY A new bank report says Canada is wellpositioned to take advantage of the debt crisis in Europe and growing fiscal problems in the U.S. The CIBC says Canada is increasingly being seen as a safe harbour in the looming global debt storm.
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tive to ending Tehranâ€™s nuclear ambitions. Jiechi said countries can pursue peaceful nuclear energy as long as they conform to UN oversight by the International Atomic Energy Agency. But that is something Iran has not done.
â€œAs China commits to IAEA obligations they will be in a good position to be able to influence,â€? Cannon said. Cannon said he expects the G8 ministers to be seized with the Iranian nuclear question and to come out with a strong state-
Enriched comments â€˘ Ahmadinejad told thousands in his speech yesterday that Tehran has produced its first batch of enriched uranium, but that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful. ment when they convene in Gatineau, Que., next month. Cannon called on Iran to cease uranium enrichment and open up to UN inspections in order to re-establish some credibility with the global community. Cannon's comments came as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared yesterday in Tehran that his country has become a nuclear state. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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N.B. Liberal expelled after giving the finger to Tories A member of the New Brunswick government was expelled from the legislature today after he made rude gestures toward the opposition benches. Liberal backbencher Abel LeBlanc raised his middle finger twice when the Opposition Conservatives demanded he apologize for heckling a female Tory. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Mafia pop walks out of court a free man The grandpa in Canada's most notorious Mafia family pleaded guilty to tax evasion, settled his debts with the tax man, and strolled out of a courthouse wearing a smile and a fedora hat. It took less than 15 minutes in a courtroom Thurs-
N.S. seeks new rules on MLA expenses SPENDING The Nova Scotia government indicated it will soon tighten spending rules for members of the legislature after it requested the man tasked to review allowances to provide an update on his work within weeks. Former Speaker Art Donahoe said Thursday he will submit an interim report on allowances and perks to the board that oversees the regulations on members' expense allowances. Donahoe was enlisted in December to submit a full report by July 31. “I've had discussions with the Speaker and with the premier and as a result of those discussions I will be presenting an interim report for the next meeting of the legislature internal economy board,” Donahoe told reporters. Speaker Charlie Parker later said the board would meet before the end of the month, likely within two to three weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Report: H1N1 sent more to ICU than seasonal flu
Flu Outbreak STUDY A new report shows a higher proportion of Canadians needed specialized hospital care for H1N1 influenza than those admitted for complications of seasonal flu during a typical winter. The study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information compared hospital statistics on H1N1 patients between April and December with figures for patients with regular flu during 2007-2008. Almost one in six patients in hospital for H1N1 were admitted to the ICU, compared with less than one in 10 of those with seasonal flu. H1N1 patients needing ventilators to help with breathing more than doubled the influenza-pneumonia group. THE CANADIAN PRESS
day for octogenarian Nicolo Rizzuto to walk out a free man. It had taken more than 15 years to bring his tax case to court. The case stems from infractions committed in the mid 1990s by Rizzuto, the father of reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto and grandfa-
ther of the recently murdered Nick Rizzuto Jr. He admitted failing to declare interest revenues from more than $5 million deposited in a handful of Swiss bank accounts. In 1994 and 1995, Rizzuto earned $627,906 in interest from the foreign accounts
and didn't declare it. Police uncovered the Swiss accounts in the mid-'90s, but didn't pursue the case. Tax authorities only discovered the accounts when Rizzuto was swept up in a massive police dragnet against organized crime in 2006, Project Colisee, in
which he and scores of others were arrested. “Revenue Canada became interested in Mr. Rizzuto because of Projet Colisee,” Crown prosecutor Yvan Poulin told reporters outside the courtroom. “The agency got interested in the case — and dusted
off, if you will, its old files.” While Rizzuto could technically have faced jail time, prison sentences are rare in such cases, Poulin noted. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Military to treat injured soldiers with virtual reality Military doctors say they will be able to treat soldiers who have been traumatized or wounded with a simulator, using screens, treadmills and surround sound to recreates the experience that injured them. The $1.5-million system will be based in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Harper rallies Olympic spirit in B.C. “There is nothing wrong, and there is much that is right, in celebrating together.” Stephen Harper right, in celebrating together.” Harper delivered a speech equal parts British Columbia history lesson and Olympic pep talk. His appearance at the sitting B.C. legislature stirred controversy in Ottawa among the Opposition Liberals, who say the prime minister prorogued Parliament in order to duck national debate.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canadians should drop their normally quiet nationalist nature during the Winter Olympics to loudly and proudly cheer on Canada’s Olympic athletes. In a speech in the B.C. legislature, Harper said Canadians should glow with national pride throughout the Games, set to start Friday. “Patriotism, ladies and gentlemen, patriotism as Canadians, should not make us feel the least bit shy or embarrassed,” he said Thursday, on the eve of the Olympic opening ceremonies. “There is nothing wrong, and there is much that is
2010 Games Harper said nationalism has been abused by others in the past, but Canadians, who generally shy away from overt displays of national pride, should feel no embarrassment to be bursting with pride over the next few weeks. “I know that thoughts of grandeur and boisterous displays of nationalism we tend to associate with others,” he said. “Yet, we should never cast aside our pride in a country so wonderful ... merely because the notion has sometimes been abused.” THE CANADIAN PRESS
Prime Minister Stephen Harper poses for pictures with Canadian Olympic athletes at the flag-raising ceremony at the athlete’s village on Wednesday in Vancouver.
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Baird works to free man in Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA Federal Transport Minister John Baird says he’s made progress to secure the release of a Canadian who’s spent three years languishing in Ethiopian prisons. Baird visited Addis Ababa to negotiate the return of Bashir Makhtal, whom Canada believes has been wrongly convicted on terrorism-related charges. He formally asked that Ethiopia deport Makhtal to Canada, with a promise that the 41-year-old will never return to the region. Baird says the Ethiopian minister suggested a deal in which Makhtal would serve his life sentence in Canada — which he called “somewhat problematic” since no prisoner transfer agreement with Ethiopia exists, and he does not believe Makhtal is guilty. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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that a Manitoba couple can’t have custody of their children because they were endangering them when they taught them neo-Nazi beliefs and wrote racist slogans on their daughter. “Writing and drawing racist expressions and symbols on one’s child is not just bad parenting. Those interferences with a child’s person are batteries,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Marianne Rivoalen wrote in her decision Thursday. “Advocating genocide and the wilful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group are crimes in
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this country. These children have a right to be protected from these things.” Child and Family Services applied for permanent guardianship, alleging that the parents’ beliefs and actions caused the children to suffer emotionally.
RIGHTS The embattled head of Rights and Democracy was accused of meeting with terrorist groups, financing Middle East extremists and even had to stick handle questions about the religious background of his employees, new documents show. A memo by Remy Beauregard, former president of the agency, and obtained by the Toronto Star, provides fresh insights into the workplace turmoil during his final months in office — and the stress that his widow blames in part for his death last month.
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The criminals are behind bars but their victims are still feeling their reach. The British government said Thursday that Facebook had removed the profiles of 30 U.K. inmates at its request after incidents in which prisoners reportedly used the social networking site to taunt others. The Sunday Times newspaper reported last month that Colin Gunn â€” a gangland boss convicted of conspiring to murder a couple in 2004 â€“ warned on Facebook that â€œI will be home one day and I canâ€™t wait to look into certain peopleâ€™s eyes and see the fear of me being there.â€? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Troops plan huge strike U.S. and Afghan soldiers linked up with Marines on the outskirts of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, sealing off escape routes and setting the stage for what is being described as the biggest offensive of the nine-year war. Taliban defenders repeatedly fired rockets and mortars at units poised in foxholes along the edge of the town, apparently trying to lure NATO forces into skirmishes before the big attack. “They’re trying to draw us in,” said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, 30, of Tulsa, Okla., commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines.
Brit killed • A British soldier was killed in a bombing Thursday in Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence announced in London. It was unclear whether the soldier was part of the Marjah operation. Up to 1,000 militants are believed holed up in Marjah, a key Taliban logistics base and centre of the lucrative opium poppy trade. But the biggest threats are likely to be the land mines and bombs hidden in the roads and fields of the farming community, 380 miles southwest of Kabul.
Rain shower soaks quake-ravaged Haiti A pre-dawn rain shower soaked tens of thousands living in rudimentary shelters in Haiti’s capital Thursday, an alarming taste of the havoc a sustained tropical downpour could wreak on this earthquake-ravaged country. Rain collapsed cardboard shacks and soaked clothing and bedding at the Marassa 14 camp, where about 2,500 earthquakedisplaced people live in a dry riverbed. People scrambled to shore up leaks. Most of the estimated 1.2 million people that the UN says are living in temporary camps across Haiti dwell in simple structures made of bed sheets and plastic sheeting. Officials warn that more permanent shelter must be had before the rainy season begins within weeks. Downtown, more than
1,000 people demanded shelter in separate protests outside the collapsed National Palace and at the police post where government ministers have temporary offices. “They’re not giving us tents. It’s raining and now we are in trouble,” said one protester, Saintel Petit. The European Union, criticized for its slow response to the earthquake, said Thursday it will mount a military operation to bring shelter before the start of the rainy season, usually in April. Officials did not immediately give details on what kind of shelter the EU plans to provide.Wildly conflicting death tolls from Haitian officials, meanwhile, have raised suspicions that no one really knows how many people died. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The precise date for the attack has been kept secret. U.S. officials have signalled for weeks they planned to seize Marjah, a town of about 80,000 people in Helmand province and the biggest community in southern Afghanistan under Taliban control. NATO officials say the goal is to seize the town quickly and re-establish Afghan government authority, bringing public services in hopes of winning support of the townspeople once the Taliban are gone. Hundreds of Afghan soldiers were to join U.S. Marines in the attack to emphasize the Afghan role in the operation. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Explosion blackens N.Y. landmark An explosion in a transformer underneath a Manhattan sidewalk sent flames up the front of a landmark building Thursday, shattering windows and blackening the facade of several stories. No injuries were reported. Consolidated Edison spokesman Christopher Olert said the transformer was in a vault below the front of the building. An investigation was under way into the cause. Deputy fire Chief James Daly said firefighters were initially called out for a report of smoke coming out of a manhole. He said firefighters had been out all night to deal with manhole fires because of runoff from snow and salt coming into contact with electrical grids.
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Court orders milkshake murder retrial Nancy Kissel has always maintained that she killed her investment banker husband in self-defence, fending off a physical and sexual attack, but a Hong Kong jury found her guilty four years ago of sedating him with a laced milkshake before bludgeoning him to death. In a stunning reversal Thursday, however, the territory’s highest court overturned that conviction, ordering a retrial in the case that has grabbed headlines and spawned a book and TV special. Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal said that prosecutors had improperly cross-examined the 45year-old mother of three during the trial and that the judge wrongly allowed hearsay evidence. Kissel, who is four years into a life
sentence, will remain in jail but can now apply for bail pending a new trial. Nancy Kissel acknowledged that she had an affair with an electrician who worked at the couple’s vacation home in Vermont. Suspicious of his wife, Robert installed spy software on his wife’s computer and hired a private detective to monitor her while at their U.S. home. Prosecutors said their differences came to a head on Nov. 2, 2003, accusing her of feeding him a milkshake laced drugs, then bashing him on the head with a metal ornament. They said she asked workers to move her husband’s body — wrapped in a sleeping bag and a carpet — to a storeroom in their apartment complex. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Van Horne deserves reprieve UrbanCompass Janice Paskey metronews.ca/paskey
he news comes, as it always does, in a letter home. My son’s school is on the “operationally small list.” (His class has 27 students, so go figure.) He’s in Grade 6, and moving on, so I won’t be fighting. I’ve seen this movie before: There will be show trials of public hearings, parents will try to do something, but something will never matter. The school will close. But nearby William Van Horne High School. That
school deserves a fight. It’s located in the Northwest, not far from the U of C. It teaches the learning disabled, the deaf, and kids who want skills training. Yes, it’s small. Just a few hundred students, so students get individual attention. Van Horne has an impassioned student in Terri Wright, 18. She came to WVH with her deaf brother after both failed at a regular junior high. Wright travels from Copperfield far in the southeast. Because it’s worth it. The CBE position is that
it’s best that WVH students go back to the mainstream schools, and do specialized programs there. Wright has seen that. She’s lived it. Students don’t want to go back to big schools, they didn’t feel accepted there. For her part, Wright is almost done. She’s hoping to attend Bow Valley College. But she hadn’t given up on the others: “What is going to happen to the deaf and disabled?” she asks. “Are you just going to push them along in high school and treat them like they can’t accomplish anything in life?” Because she knows how that feels. Our school boards rely on city statistics showing school age kids are set to decline the
closer you are to the city core. So families will live in the ’burbs and keep on driving. Sadly, this is directly contradictory to that Calgary’s hundreds-pages-long plan to densify the inner city. You can’t blame the school boards for cutting costs. You can, however, blame “the system” where their decisions go unchecked, and there’s a lack of incentive to make schools community infrastructure. What if they could be multi-use, and have daycares and seniors programming all in one? We imagined Calgary. We didn’t imagine boldly enough. The province has the power to mandate planning and school board change. It should use it. Janice Paskey teaches at Mount Royal University and is a volunteer with Westwood Hockey.
Spotting a ‘growing’ problem in homes Marketplace Erica Johnson metronews.ca/johnson
Do a quick Google search of “marijuana grow-ops” in Canada, and the headlines pop up. In just the past month: “RCMP estimate as many as 10,000 grow-ops in British Columbia,” “Mounties encounter more sophisticated grow-ops,” “Halifax police charge six in growop.” And on they go. There’s no denying, Canada has become a “source country” for marijuana. Meaning, there’s lots of money to be made, largely by organized crime. And where are criminals setting up shop? Step outside your house. Look down the block to the left. Then look to the right. Chances
are, a house near you is hid- spectors to a bait house, to spot obvious grow-op warning a grow-op secret. So what happens when ing signs. One claims to be the police bust these an engineer, two are certihomes? Or when the grow- fied and another is a regisers figure it’s time to move tered home inspector. By on? Often, these houses get the end of the show, you’ll quickly patched up and put probably learn to do a beton the market, leaving the ter job spotting a grow-op coverup than next homethey do. buyer stuck “Try this. Step So when it with expensive problems outside your house. comes time to hire a — like mould, Look down the home inspecdangerous block to the left. tor, there are wiring, and Then look to the a few things structural damage. right. Chances are, to ask. Firstly, If you think a house near you is what kind of hiring a home experience inspector is hiding a grow-op does the ingoing to pro- secret.” spector tect you, think again. Some are have? If they don’t have trained to spot the grow-op much, that’s a big red flag. What kind of training do warning signs, but many have no idea what to look they have? And is it relefor. And accreditation or vant? That’s key — even if other fancy titles aren’t someone is an engineer, it much of a guarantee either. doesn’t mean they’re qualiWatch what happens Friday fied to inspect a home. Are they independent? night when we invite in-
Never hire a home inspector who’s been referred by a real estate agent — they may feel obliged to help sell a house in bad condition. The inspector also shouldn’t be part of a construction or homebuilder group, or offer repair services themselves. What kind of equipment does the home inspector bring along? They should have a camera, binoculars, a ladder, maybe even an infrared camera. Their reports should include photographs, and include detailed explanations of what’s been found. Lastly, can you follow them around during an inspection? A good inspector will encourage you to take part, and will clearly communicate any serious problems — not bury them in a checklist. Erica Johnson is a journalist and co-host of CBC News: Marketplace, Canada's award-winning consumer affairs show. CBC News: Marketplace airs each Friday night at 8:30 p.m. on CBC Television.
‘Wonder Vag’ character to teach teens about safe sex HEALTH The public health unit in London, Ont., is using comic book-themed superheroes and a villain named the evil “Sperminator” to teach teens about safe sex. Visitors to their website can play the game “Adventures in Sex City,” by choosing one of the characters: Wonder Vag, Willy the Kid, Power Pap or Captain Condom. The goal is to correctly answer 25 questions about sexual health and defeat the evil Sperminator, a character with penises for arms. Shaya Dhinsa, manager of sexual health at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, says they worked directly
with teens to develop a resource that would catch their attention and teach important information. If players answer a question wrong the Sperminator shoots their character with sperm, but if the question is answered correctly their character uses a “condom shield” to shoot the sperm back at the Sperminator. The game begins by saying: “In the dark of the night Sex City is in panic because of the terrible Sperminator, whose sole mission is to infect all citizens with various sexually transmitted infections.” THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Avatar helps Cineplex net $9.5M in last quarter A slate of high-profile blockbusters helped Canada’s biggest movie theatre exhibitor Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund pull off a stronger fourth quarter and a record year in both box-office receipts and concession sales. The Toronto-based income trust said Thursday that quarterly earnings were $9.5 million for the period ended Dec. 31, helped by the early results from James Cameron’s Avatar, which was playing in theatres during the last 13 days
of the quarter. The quarterly earnings were a 37 per cent increase from $6.9 million a year before. Avatar was the No. 1 performing film in the quarter generating 11.8 per cent of total box-office revenue, said president and CEO Ellis Jacob. Since then, Avatar has gone on to become the top grossing film of all time, bringing in more than $2 billion US globally so far. The
film’s box-office results have been helped by premium ticket prices for both its digital 3-D and Imax 3-D versions, which can be sold for about $3 to $5 more then the average movie ticket. Cineplex units lifted 18 cents to $18.40 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, after briefly touching a two-year high. The company's stock had gone as high as $18.60 in the morning, which is its highest level since December 2007. Movies like Avatar also helped push concession sales nearly 19 per cent higher to $72.9 million, compared to $61.4 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Liquidation World closing stores Liquidation World Inc. plans to reduce the number of stores it operates to 91 by the end of this fiscal quarter, down from 96 currently, the company said Thursday. Up to eight stores will be closed and three new stores opened during the quarter, it said.
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Plan Fund reported assets of $123.9 billion at the end of its third quarter, as it recovered from a fall to $108.9 billion a year earlier when plummeting stock markets caused an investment loss of 6.7 per cent. The fund said it generated $2.2 billion in investment income. AUTOS Chrysler will begin selling the subcompact Fiat 500 in Canada by the end of the year in the hopes of boosting its market share with smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The automaker unveiled the European-style hatchback at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on Thursday and will begin selling it in North America by December. THE CANADIAN PRESS
The closures were announced along with Liquidation World’s latest financial report, for the fiscal first quarter ended Jan. 3. Revenue in the quarter was $44.1 million, down 6.2 per cent from $47.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Same-store sales, a key
comparison of locations that have been open at least a year, declined by $3.8 million or 8.5 per cent. During the most recent quarter, Liquidation World opened five new stores which generated total sales of $3.1 million during the quarter. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Rachel versus Zenyatta: The race is on One day after a matchup of horse racing’s leading ladies was put on hold, the owner of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., worked out a compromise to match the champion females Rachel and Zenyatta for the first time — in the $5-million US Apple Blossom Invitational on April 9. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Marcel Bellefeuille was recognized Thursday for leading the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to their first home playoff game in eight years, being named as one of three finalists for the CFL’s coach of the year award. Joining him are Marc Trestman of the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes, and Ken Miller, who guided the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the West Division title. THE CANADIAN PRESS
majority owners of the St. Louis Rams have agreed to sell the team to an Illinois auto parts magnate who reportedly doesn’t want to move the team. The Rams confirmed the pending sale Thursday and scheduled a late afternoon news conference to discuss details. If approved by a 75 per cent vote of NFL owners, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, the children of famed Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, will sell their 60 per cent stake in the team to Shahid Khan, the 55-year-old president of an auto parts manufacturer, Flex-N-Gate, in Urbana, Ill. The sale was first reported by the Web site for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the online newspaper Globe-Democrat.com. Unidentified NFL sources told STLtoday.com that Khan is a Rams fan who is committed to keeping the team in St. Louis. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Flames’ home woes continue NHL RESULT
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VS Brenden Morrow overcame scoring on his own net in the first period to set up the tying and goahead goals Thursday night as the Dallas Stars won 3-1 over the Calgary Flames. The Flames struck first at 15:34 of the first period as Jarome Iginla scored one of the more unusual goals of his career. The Flames captain lost control of the puck as he attempted to carry it to the front of the net. However, as it bounced through the slot, Stars forward Brenden Morrow attempted to clear the puck and inadvertently fired it into his own net past stunned goaltender Marty Turco. At 15:00 of the second, Mike Ribeiro put himself on the highlight reels tucking his stick through his legs and firing the puck towards the Calgary net with it banking in off the pad of sprawled Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
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Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, centre, gets sandwiched between Dallas Stars’ goalie Marty Turco, left, and Nicklas Grossman, during first period action from Thursday’s game.
Dallas took the lead three minutes into the third period. From the corner, Morrow threaded a pass to Jamie Benn darting through the slot uncovered and the Stars rookie quickly fired a wrist shot into the open side before Kiprusoff could slide across. It was the 14th goal of
the season for the 20-yearold, which ranks him fourth amongst NHL rookies. Ribeiro added his second of the night into an empty net with 10 seconds left for Dallas (27-21-12), which won the season series 3-0-1 and improves to 5-2-1 in its last eight. The rare road victory for the Stars — their second in
the last 15 games — moves them into a tie with Detroit for ninth place in the Western Conference, one point back of Calgary and the final playoff spot. The Flames (29-23-9) continue to struggle at home, having won just twice in their last nine games at the Pengrowth Saddledome (2-6-1). THE CANADIAN PRESS
of the Los Angeles Lakers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers won’t play in the all-star game this weekend. MLB Outfielder Corey Hart has become the first player on the Milwaukee Brewers to go to arbitration in 12 years. Hart asked a panel of arbitrators Thursday for a raise to $4.8 million US from $3.25 million. The Brewers countered with an offer of $4.15 million. MLB Tom Glavine has rejoined the Atlanta Braves as special assistant to president John Schuerholz. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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UAE beats Canadian cricket squad The United Arab Emirates defeated Canada by 42 runs Thursday at the ICC World Twenty20 cricket qualifying tournament in Dubai. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Portsmouth facing big threat from neighbour With Portsmouth in danger of going out of business and finishing last in the Premier League, it might appear things couldn’t get much worse. Now comes the threat of being knocked out of the cup by third division Southampton, its bitter south coast neighbour. A day after Portsmouth temporarily survived a winding up order, gaining at least another week to try and pay off tax debts, coach Avram Grant and his players were able to concentrate Thursday on beating Southampton. Their opponents have also had their cash problems. They received a 10point punishment this season for going into financial administration but have lost only six of 28 games in League One. With local bragging rights at stake, Southampton will be tough to beat at its St. Mary’s stadium on Saturday. Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes believes
“The opportunity to go to our old friends and hopefully turn them over in their backyard is extra special.” Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes on facing Southampton the extra interest of facing its neighbour will lift some of the gloom of the club’s financial plight. “It was the draw I was hoping for,” he said. “And, to be absolutely honest, although the fans would have loved for a chance to welcome them back to our patch, I’m pleased to be playing them away from home. “We’ve yet to beat them at St. Mary’s and so the opportunity to go to our old friends and hopefully turn them over in their backyard is extra special.” This is the first time in almost five years that the two teams have met because Southampton was relegated from the top flight in 2005 and even slipped into the third divi-
sion this season. “The derby is a match that I’ve always most enjoyed in my time at Portsmouth,” Hughes said. “It’s always quite a lively day and the one disappointment that came from them going down is that we haven’t been able to play them since. Portsmouth faced seventime European champion Milan in last season’s UEFA Cup having won the FA Cup the season before. Since then, its fortunes have nosedived, especially after the departure of manager Harry Redknapp to Tottenham last season. With only 16 points from 25 games, Portsmouth has six fewer than anyone else and is eight away from safety. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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What to watch on Friday Here’s a look at some of Friday’s TV highlights at the Winter Olympics: 11 a.m.: Ski jumping normal hill individual 1st round (Sportsnet), 7 to 10 p.m. Opening Ceremonies (CTV, TSN, Sportsnet). THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Canada gets another shot at winning gold at home When most people hold their breath, they turn blue. For the millions of Canadians waiting for the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics on Friday, they’ve been turning red. The nation has waited for more than 20 years for these Olympics to finally claim a prize denied twice before: An Olympic gold medal on home soil. In this simple piece of metal are cast the hopes and dreams of the country and by the time the Olympics begin, Canada will be full to bursting with anticipation. And that’s exactly how the Vancouver Olympic organizing committee wants it. When they bid for the Games in 2003, said VANOC chief executive officer John Furlong, it was with a very distinct vision. “We thought we could be a nation builder,” he said. “The Games could be a moment in time for Canada where every Canadian could feel like they had participated in not
just watching this and cheering it on, but in actual fact playing a role in helping it be successful.” Together with the federal government and Canadian Olympic Committee officials, Vancouver organizers ran the ambitious Own the Podium program, a $117-million effort to ensure Canada wins more medals than any other country at these Games. It was a gutsy move for an organizing committee, whose job in the past has been merely to act as the gracious host for the world and show off a little bit of their country’s charm while they’re at it. “It’s not
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Curler named one of Canada’s most eligible bachelors TV He’s cute and he curls. Now Canada’s John Morris has been named one of Canada’s most eligible bachelors. The 31-year-old Morris, who is the third for Canadian skip Kevin Martin, earned the hottie nod from TV’s Entertainment John Morris Tonight Canada. “It’s true,” Morris said with a sigh. “I was approached about a month and a half ago and told I was considered to be one of Canada’s top bachelors. It was very flattering.” THE CANADIAN PRESS
Cauldron lighting demands greatness FieldofPlay Scott Russell metronews.ca/fieldofplay
eep this in mind when thinking about the lighting of the Olympic cauldron: Few rules govern the process. In the past, we’ve witnessed an archer, a flying ski jumper and a gymnast circling the roof of a Bird’s Nest as they performed the solemn ritual. There’s been more than a little gimmickry reflected in the flames that have presided over previous Olympic gatherings. Not this time. Only greatness will do. Here’s a theory to fuel the debate as all Canadians rekindle the fires of their Olympic passion. There will be not one but four torchers on the day and they will concurrently gather around the cauldron to set a celebration of Canadian Olympic history ablaze. They will be iconic figures spanning generations in a land of ice and snow. Included in their ranks will be the defining Olympians of a winter nation. “The Great One” will be there. How could Wayne Gretzky, our seminal hockey player, not be? He is synonymous with the game and the country and by assembling the team that delivered the first men’s hockey gold in 50 years in 2002,
Gretzky forever cemented our loyalty. Nancy Greene will make the cut. She spawned a fascination with skiing by winning gold at the 1968 Olympics. Every member of this year’s alpine team emerged from the Nancy Greene Racing League that keeps the sport strong in Canada. “Canada’s Sweetheart” Barbara Ann Scott will grace the proceedings. The only Canadian winner of individual figure skating gold, Scott’s legacy endures. And she won in 1948 at St. Moritz as the world was healing the wounds of war. Barbara Ann Scott is a lock in my books. As is speedskater Catriona Le May Doan. She was known as “the Fastest Woman on Ice,” the only Canadian Olympian, winter or summer, to have won gold medals in consecutive Games. Le May Doan’s address to the IOC in 2003 swung the vote and helped get Vancouver/Whistler the Olympics in the first place. Together they’ll do it — our greatest skier, figure skater, speedskater and hockey player. They are four strong symbols of the country and the Olympics who will gather the world around the roaring cauldron’s light on opening night. Gemini Award winner and author Scott Russell is the Host of CBC Sports Weekend seen Saturday afternoons. A 20-year CBC Sports veteran, he has covered a variety of professional and amateur sports including nine Olympic games and numerous world championships.
Read their lips: No dubbing LIP-SYNCH Two years after piped-in vocals from a seven-year-old songbird touched off a controversy at the Beijing Games, Vancouver Olympic organizers are hoping to avoid a similar scandal by being clear about plans for the 2010 opening ceremonies. Yes, VANOC says, performers will lip-synch at Friday’s festivities. But they’re also quick to point out the distinction between that method and the dubbing that inspired such outrage in Beijing. In 2008, when it was revealed that a girl’s vo-
cal was actually delivered by another child, newspapers around the world condemned the fakery. But David Atkins, executive producer of the Vancouver Opening Ceremonies, points out that what happened in China was actually dubbing, not lip-synching — the distinction being that lip-synching involves a singer mimicking a backing track of his or her own voice, while dubbing means misrepresenting someone else’s voice as the singer’s own. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Canada, U.S. ready to do it all over again
Women’s hockey squads set to add new chapter to longstanding rivalry GERRY BROOME/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
If the players on the American women’s hockey team are out to avenge their loss on home ice to Canada at the 2002 Olympics, they’re not saying so. Canada and the United States are the top-ranked teams in any women’s hockey event, and their now 20-year-old rivalry will add another chapter beginning Saturday at the 2010 Winter Games. The Americans can do in Vancouver what the Canadians did in Salt Lake City eight years ago — get an upset victory in the final in their dreaded rival’s rink. “I’m not focused on paying them back, just on playing my best hockey,” three-time Olympian Julie Chiu of the U.S. squad said Thursday. “We lost the gold medal, it happened to be on our soil, and here we want to put ourselves in position to be in the gold medal game.
“They’re not only the defending gold medallist, they’re hosting, and it’s their national sport — they have a lot on their shoulders. ... We have no pressure.” Team USA’s Angela Ruggiero on the Canadian women “Our goal is to win a gold medal, and if it’s on Canadian soil, that’s what it turns out to be.” It is the fourth time women’s hockey will be a medal sport at the Olympics. The Americans beat Canada 3-1 in the first final in Nagano, Japan, in 1998, but Canada answered with a 3-2 victory four years later, despite an American referee who
Members of the U.S. women’s hockey team look on during a press conference in Vancouver on Thursday. The team plays China on Sunday.
slapped Canada with 13 minor penalties. The U.S. hit a speed bump in 2006 in Turin, Italy, losing 3-2 to Sweden
in the semifinals. Canada beat the Swedes 4-1 to claim the gold medal and the Americans settled for bronze.
Flame arrives at Vancouver’s city hall
Firefighter Brian Bogdanovich carries the Olympic torch to Vancouver City Hall Thursday afternoon. Several hundred people showed up to cheer the torch’s arrival.
father, before the flame is ushered to the stadium where it will light the caul-
dron to start the Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Over 30 doping athletes dropped, none were Canadian JEFF HODSON/FOR METRO VANCOUVER
The Olympic flame has arrived at Vancouver’s city hall to hundreds of cheering spectators waving small Canadian flags. Mayor Gregor Robertson was there to welcome the flame to Vancouver just as he was there to usher the flame on to Canadian soil when the run began in October. Robertson told the crowd the moment they have been waiting for years has finally arrived. The torch will stay in Vancouver for the rest of the day, eventually reaching a massive community celebration planned in the city’s downtown. On Friday, it will be passed hand-to-hand among celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Canadian icons like Walter Gretzky, Wayne’s
The setback prompted changes in the American team, and 15 first-time Olympians are on the 21player squad in Vancouver.
They check themselves now before discussing any impending meeting with Canada, knowing there are games that must be won against underdogs first — starting Sunday against China. “You saw it in the last Games, we overlooked Sweden a bit, so we’re focusing one game at a time,” said Angela Ruggiero, who is at her fourth Olympics. Still, Ruggiero is pleased to load any extra pressure she can on Canada. “They’re not only the defending gold medallist, they’re hosting, and it’s their national sport — they have a lot on their shoulders,” she said. “They can deny it as much as they want, but there’s the weight of a nation on them. “We have no pressure. We know what we have to do to win.”
RULES More than 30 athletes
have been dropped from Winter Olympic teams from around the world because of doping violations, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday without divulging names, nationalities or sports. There were no Canadians among them. But in separate anti-doping news Thursday, a Russian female hockey player received an
official reprimand for using a banned stimulant. Svetlana Terenteva tested positive for tuaminoheptane, a stimulant found in decongestant cold medicines. Athletes are allowed to take the drug when they’re not competing, but cannot during the official in-competition period. For the Games, that began when the Olympic Village opened Feb. 4.
The International Olympic Committee gave Terenteva the equivalent of a wrist slap. A statement from the IOC said the athlete admitted to taking a prescription drug called Rhinofluimucil for a bad head cold, but she stopped Feb. 3. Traces of the drug were found in her urine when she was asked to submit to drug testing Feb. 6. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Thick and messy snow could prove helpful to Canadians BIATHLON Canada’s biathletes are counting on the sport’s unpredictability — and a dose of wet, mucky snow — as possible routes to surprise podium finishes as competitions begin this weekend. Medal hopefuls JeanPhilippe Le Guellec of Quebec City and Zina Kocher of Canmore, Alta., were praising the thick, wet flakes falling on the course Thurs-
day, hoping it becomes one more element to help Canada crack European domination of biathlon. Le Guellec, 24, is known to “float” over the snow when it’s thick and messy, and he’s backed by a waxing technician team that is arguably the most experienced in the world on Callaghan Valley’s warm and variable conditions. Not since 1994’s Games in
Lillehammer, when Myriam Bedard pulled off two golds has Canada had such opportunities for a medal in this shooting and skiing sport, he argues. “It’s definitely a possibility. The trail here and the way the whole system is set up, anything can happen for anyone,” he said after training in the moist snow that fell throughout Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Leonardo DiCaprio and, as Leo puts it, ‘master filmmaker’ Martin Scorsese team up for a fourth time with Shutter Island.
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Weekend, February 12-14, 2010 At a glance The Wolfman 11 , Valentine’s Day 111 , New York, I Love You 11 , Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief 11
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More than thrills Shutter takes DiCaprio to psychological depths PHIL BROWN for Metro Canada
The last time James Cameron made the most successful film of all time, he didn’t emerge as the project’s most famous face. That fame fell on Leonardo DiCaprio, who was always uneasy about his superstar status. In the decade since Titanic, DiCaprio has gone out of his way to embrace projects that force audiences to think of him as an actor rather than a celebrity. His primary partner in crime during this period has been legendary director Martin Scorsese. The pair have made four films together, the most recent of which is Shutter Island (opening next week). DiCaprio loves working with the director because of his deep appreciation
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for actors. “The one thing that I don’t think people understand about Scorsese is how much he believes in his actors,” DiCaprio told Metro. “He’s a master filmmaker, but he always lets the actors dictate what he puts up on the screen.” Following their Oscarwinning collaboration The Departed, Scorsese and Dicaprio decided to turn their attention to a thriller by Mystic River author Dennis Lehane. On paper, Shutter Island seems like little more than a genre movie about a detective investigating a twisted mental institution. However, there are more than just thrills in the film — even if Scorsese and DiCaprio weren’t completely conscious of it when they signed on. “Once we started to unravel who this man was and and the nature of what was going on, it took us to places that we never could have foreseen,” the actor said.
On the web • For movie trailers, screen times, photos — and to buy tickets — visit metronews.ca/movies As DiCaprio worked on the film, the complexities of the project and his character began to peel away like an onion. “When you read something a character can seem one way, but until you’re actually on set doing it there’s really no way to fully understand him,” admitted DiCaprio. Careful not to give away the film’s surprises, he continued, “We suddenly realized that we had to push certain boundaries that we didn’t think we needed to initially. Everything changed and there were a few weeks that I have to say were some of the most hardcore filming experiences I’ve ever had. It was almost like reliving trauma. “I don’t say that sort of stuff very often because it always seems superficial
Shutter Island t opens nex Friday
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Martin Scorsese team up for the fourth time in the psychological thriller Shutter Island, which opens in theatres next Friday.
when you’re talking about a movie, but we really went to places unearthing who this man was that I didn’t think we would get to.” Shutter Island should be a pleasant surprise for audiences, offering all of the suspense and entertain-
ment expected from a thriller but with a psychological depth that isn’t quite as common. It’s what attracted DiCaprio to the project and what he hopes audiences will appreciate. “This film is being publi-
cized as and is a thriller in a lot of ways,” he said. “It is very much a genre piece, but at the end of the day it’s also what Martin Scorsese does best. And that is portraying something about human nature and who we are as people.”
Convoluted storytelling slays The Wolfman tragic plot The Wolfman
Director: Joe Johnston Stars: : Benicio Del Toro,
plot (hint: The villain is the most famous actor with the least to do). The make-up effects by Oscar-winner Rick Baker are impressive as are all of the expensive period costumes and sets. However, style doesn’t make a movie. Convoluted storytelling kills the project, which is too bad because the talented cast could have elevated the material if they’d been given a chance. Del Toro should have been an ideal lead, but the script requires him to appear stoic in every scene with no growth, making him a little more than a whiney Wolfman. By the time the werewolf wrestling match climax hits the screen, it’s hard to even care about what’s happening. The Wolfman deserves better than this. Even Teen Wolf was more satisfying. • For a trailer of Wolfman, photos and screen times, visit metronews.ca/movies
Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt Classification: STC Rating:
PHIL BROWN for Metro Canada REVIEW The blockbuster Wolfman remake arrives on screens this weekend after countless delays (including the original director quitting shortly before shooting began). That’s never a good sign, but with a cast that includes Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins along with some stunning Gothic production design, it at least looked like the project had a shot at working. Sadly, it doesn’t. Though the filmmakers get a number of elements right, they can all be admired on the poster. Once the movie starts playing, disappointment sets in.
Wolfman stars Benicio Del Toro, who our reviewer says is a talented lead but doesn’t shine due to the movie’s poor script.
The failure of this edition of The Wolfman comes down to the writing. The simple story about an involuntary and tortured monster has been expanded into a ludicrous murder mystery that barely hangs together. Benicio Del Toro’s trou-
bled protagonist returns home following the death of his brother, greeted by an impossibly evil father (Anthony Hopkins, introduced with a silly suspicious grin that he doesn’t drop until the credits roll) and the news that a werewolf is stocking his town.
Unsurprisingly Del Toro is bitten by the monster and becomes prone to full moon rampages. Admittedly whenever the Wolfman appears there’s fun to be had, but tragically most of the movie is wasted unraveling a rather obvious murder
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Escape From New York remake New Line appears ready to commit to getting the remake of John Carpenterâ€™s cult sci-fi action picture Escape From New York back on its feet and striding on the path to our screens, with a script by Allan Loeb. EMPIREONLINE.COM
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V-Day a little crowded Valentineâ€™s Day offers a few compelling stories, some not Valentineâ€™s Day Director: Garry Marshall Stars: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx,
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel Classification: STC Rating:
NED EHRBAR Metro World News
For his new romantic omnibus Valentineâ€™s Day, director Garry Marshall brings together an overwhelmingly impressive cast, including Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Topher Grace, Shirley MacLaine, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. Itâ€™s an embarrassment of A-list riches. But so many big stars playing so many characters with so many Valentineâ€™s Day-related issues to work out makes the movie feel more than a little crowded. And while
On the web â€˘ For movie trailers, screen times, photos â€” and to buy tickets â€” visit metronews.ca/movies thereâ€™s certainly something for everyone in the interconnecting story lines, Valentineâ€™s Day suffers from a supreme lack of focus. At the core of the film are a few very compelling stories played out by very charming actors, but thereâ€™s too much else going on for the film to stop and give them the time they need. The hopeless romantic florist (Kutcher) oblivious to his fiancĂŠeâ€™s (Alba) cold feet, his best friend (Garner) discovering the hard way that her perfect boyfriend (Dempsey) isnâ€™t so perfect â€” these work. But Swift and Lautner hog up far too much screen time as dim high schoolers with nothing to contribute in a plot line that seems cynically designed to pull
Jennifer Garnerâ€™s character, Julia, in Valentineâ€™s Day discovers the hard way that her boyfriend isnâ€™t so perfect.
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Jessica Biel, left, and Jaime Foxx, centre front, star in Garry Marshallâ€™s impressively casted romantic comedy Valentineâ€™s Day.
in their respective fans. And a note to the filmmakers: When you have a character who canâ€™t get a
date and uses chocolate as a coping mechanism, donâ€™t cast Jessica Biel. No one will believe it.
Percy Jackson: A pricey, miscast mess Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Director: Chris Columbus Stars: Alexandra Daddario,
Steve Coogan, Logan Lerman Classification: STC Rating:
PHIL BROWN for Metro Canada
Uma Thurman plays Medusa in Percy Jackson And The Olympians. REVIEW Hollywood
has been paying a lot of attention to young adult fantasy novels following the success of the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises. Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is the latest attempt at
a young adult cash cow and one that probably wonâ€™t continue beyond a single movie. If the unwieldy title doesnâ€™t scare away viewers, then the poorly paced screenplay and celebrity miscasting should do the
trick. A great deal of money was clearly spent trying to launch this franchise, but sadly it all went to waste. The film is about a young boy who discovers he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon, leading the teen into a
secret society in the woods that inexplicably seems to be under constant training for battle. The combination of teen fantasy and Greek mythology may have seemed exciting on the page, but feels undeniably silly onscreen. It certainly doesnâ€™t help that in an attempt to lock up big names for sequels a few well-known actors have been painfully miscast. Uma Thurman manages to outdo her overacting in Batman And Robin as Medusa and Pierce Brosnan dons some facial hair as an unlikely centaur.
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New Line eyes Lampoon reboot New Line is pushing ahead with its quest to reboot the much-loved National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise. The studio has hired writing team Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley to write a new Vacation flick. EMPIREONLINE.COM
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Columbus full of surprises InFocus Richard Crouse metronews.ca/infocus
t first glance director Chris Columbus’s new film seems like a call back to his earlier work. This weekend’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is based on a popular book series about a teenager with special powers who must battle supernatural forces. Can you say Harry Potter? Sure, just don’t say it near the filmmaker, who directed the first two films in the J.K. Rowling series and produced the third. “It’s nothing like Harry Potter,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “I wouldn’t
Comedy (the Home Alone franchise as an example) is just one genre director Chris Columbus has set his hand to. His resume boasts a wealth of feature film experience.
have gotten involved in a picture that was too similar to Potter. I hadn’t seen a film like this before and
that was the reason I wanted to do it.” In fact, other than with sequels, he rarely repeats
himself. His resume as a writer (Gremlins), producer (Jingle All the Way) and director (Rent) reveals a vari-
ety of styles and topics. He’s no stranger to comedy, having helmed the Home Alone movies; no stranger to romance, as he proved with Only the Lonely, no stranger to teen fare or musicals and in between those he’s covered most other genres. Nestled among his blockbusters are a number of deserving lesser known titles. In the comedy Heartbreak Hotel he added a chapter to the mythology of Elvis Presley. Starring Tuesday Weld — The King’s Wild in the Country co-star — and David Keith as Elvis, the movie centers on Johnny Wolfe’s (Charlie Schlatter) scheme to kidnap the singer and bring him home to cheer up his ailing mom (Weld). It’s very silly but Elvis fans will enjoy the sly tributes sprinkled throughout — Weld’s motel is called The Flaming Star — and a soundtrack ripe with new versions of Elvis chestnuts
like That’s All Right and Hound Dog performed by Keith David and polka kings The Bavarian Village Band. As a writer Columbus prepped himself for eventually helming the Potter movies by penning Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear. Directed by Barry Levinson, the story of young Holmes and Watson meeting and solving a boarding school mystery is primarily notable as the first movie to feature a completely computer-generated character in the form of a knight created from a stained glass window. Columbus is a restless storyteller who can’t be pinned down. He’s someone who blazes his own path and tales chances. I mean who else would cast Uma Thurman as a snakehaired Medusa? Richard Crouse’s Movie Show can be seen every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on the E! Channel; email@example.com.
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THESE PAGES COVER MOVIE START TIMES FROM FRI. FEB. 12 TO THURS., FEB. 18. TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. COMPLETE LISTINGS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT METRONEWS.CA/MOVIES. 7:05-9:40 The Wolfman (18A) No Passes Fri-Thu 12:452-3:30-4:45-7-7:35-9:50-10:25
CANYON MEADOWS Bay 110 13226 Macleod Trail, 403-670-5444 2012 (PG) Fri-Thu 1:20-5-8:35 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (18A) Fri-Thu 12:50 Couples Retreat (PG) Fri-Thu 1:05-4:05-6:509:20 Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG) Fri-Thu 1:10-3:35-6:55-9:35 Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) Fri-Thu 1:25-3:55-7:209:40 Invictus (STC) Fri-Thu 1-3:45-6:45-9:30 Law Abiding Citizen (18A) Fri-Thu 3:257:15-9:50 Leap Year (PG) Fri-Thu 1:35-4:10-7:25-9:55 Old Dogs (G) Fri-Thu 1:15-3:30-7-9:25 Planet 51 (G) Fri-Thu 1:30-3:45-7:10 The Road (14A) Fri-Thu 9:20 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG) FriThu 12:45-3:50-7:05-9:45
PLAZA THEATRE 1133 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-2833636 Coco avant Chanel (PG) Fri-Sat 3 Mon 3 An Education (PG) Fri 8:30 Sat-Mon 1:05-8:30 Tue-Wed 8:30 Thu 4:45 The Princess Bride (STC) Sat 12 Sun 2:55 The September Issue (PG) Fri-Sat 5 Mon 5 Wild at Heart (STC) Fri 12 World’s Best Commercials 2009 (STC) Fri 1:20-6:50-10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30-6:50-10:25 Mon 11:30-6:50 Tue 5-6:50 Wed 6:50 Thu 9:30
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CROWFOOT CROSSING 91 Crowfoot Terrace, 403-547-3316 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) Fri-Thu 12:30 Avatar 3D (PG) Fri-Thu 2-6:30-10 The Blind Side (PG) Fri-Thu 3:30-6:40-9:40 The Book of Eli (14A) Fri 1:45-10:35 Sat-Thu 10:35 CTV Olympic Games Broadcast (STC) Fri 5 Sat-Sun 11 Mon-Thu 1 Dear John (PG) Fri-Thu 1:20-4:20-7:20-10:20 Edge of Darkness (14A) Fri-Thu 1:40-4:307:35-10:25 From Paris With Love (14A) Fri-Thu 1:304:10-6:50-9:35 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) No Passes Fri-Tue 12:504-7-10:05 No Passes Wed 4-7-10:05 No Passes Thu 12:50-4-7-10:05 Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes Wed 1 Sherlock Holmes (PG) Fri-Thu 12:40-3:507:10-10:10 Tooth Fairy (G) Fri-Thu 1:10-3:45-6:45-9:30 Valentine’s Day (PG) No Passes Fri-Tue 14:15-7:15-10:15 No Passes Wed 4:15-7:15-10:15 No Passes Thu 1-4:15-7:15-10:15 Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes Wed 1 When in Rome (PG) Fri-Thu 12:35-2:55-5:057:25-9:50 The Wolfman (18A) No Passes Fri-Thu 1:504:40-7:30-10:30
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Turning the Page Ex-Barenaked Ladies member releases first solo album GRAHAM ROCKINGHAM for Metro Canada
A Singer Must Die. The title of Steven Page’s new CD may make Barenaked Ladies’ fans cringe. Is Page talking about himself ? Or is it that other guy, Ed Robertson, the one who’s still with the Ladies, the one Page used to duet with on If I Had A Million Dollars. Neither, actually. It’s simply the name of a Leonard Cohen song that Page covers on the new CD (which lands in stores Tuesday). Nothing more. Nothing less. Well, OK, maybe Page is being a tad mischievous. It’s his nature. “There was a certain
amount of irony that wasn’t missed when we were choosing that title,” Page says from his new home near Syracuse, N.Y. “There’s a sense of drama and irony, as well as a certain amount of pathos. Selfdeprecation has always been my stock in trade. I didn’t want people to think that I had changed that much.” A Singer Must Die. The Cohen song is one of ten covers on the album, which Page has recorded with Andrew Burashko and his classical chamber ensemble, the Art of Time. The album is a mixed bag of songs that include Jane Siberry’s The Taxi Ride, Rufus Wainwright’s Foolish Love, Elvis Costello’s I Want You and Radiohead’s Paranoid An-
droid. ists. The Page concert went It’s not the type of record so well live, they decided to most artists would use to record a studio version and launch a new solo career. release a CD. It’s not a pop record deThen came the coke bust. signed for air play. It happened near SyraTiming, however, cuse at the apartment didn’t give Page A singer of Page’s girlfriend much of an option. BenedicMust Die Christine The album and its to. They got off is out on with little more accompanying Tuesday than a rap on the tour was planned before the infamous knuckles from the tricoke bust that would result al judge. in Page leaving the BarePublicity-wise, however, naked Ladies, the multi- the timing was horrendous. platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies had just which he co-founded and released a children’s CD. named. Page announced his deparBack when it was con- ture from the band and his ceived in the spring of 2008, side project with Burashko A Singer Must Die was sup- turned into the first album posed to be just a side proj- of his new solo career. ect. At the time Burashko’s For fans who were hoping ensemble was doing a series for something more tradiof concerts with guest vocal- tional than A Singer Must Die, don’t worry. That will come soon. Page has another CD of original songs ready for release in May or
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heavy music ... There’s a lot of excitement behind it. (Hip hop) is a burgeoning art form here. Commercialization and over-saturation hasn’t happened.” Blasting out their smooth rhymes and infectious beats for almost 20 years, Hilltop Hoods — completed by MC Pressure (Daniel Smith) and DJ Debris (Barry Francis) — are proud to see that their music of choice is finally garnering some attention at home. The trio’s fifth fulllength State Of The Art (Golden Era) reached No. 1 last summer, unseated only by a posthumous Michael Jackson compilation. To Suffa, that proves the scene’s puerility and strength. “We’re lucky that we get to do the music we love and people can enjoy it without it being a hipster trend. We have that freedom and that flexibility,” he notes, adding that be-
cause it’s so fresh, Aussie hip-hop is emancipated from the trappings of its North American brethren. “Our brand of hip-hop is party hip-hop. It’s sampleheavy and not bling, guns or gangsters. It’s about whatever we want, provided we respect our art and our pioneers.” Suffa adds that he hopes the outfit’s forthcoming Canadian tour will not only provoke genre fans to revert back to the positive themes and upbeat atmosphere of formative hip-hop but prove to us that as per another stereotype, “Aussies and Canucks aren’t that different in terms of attitude. We’re all pretty welcoming and laidback.”
In Concert • Hilltop Hoods play The Gateway at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday night.
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Wilco finds comfort zone ROB MCMAHON for Metro Canada
When Wilco (The Album) came out last year, frontman Jeff Tweedy was quoted as saying it “sounds like Wilco.” According to guitarist Nels Cline, pinning down that Wilco sound didn’t come from reflections on past melodies or any deep immersion in the band’s back catalogue. Instead, the band worked from pretty solidly established song structures, adding improvisational elements and details. The result — a collection of songs that close-
ly matched their demo versions. “Jeff encouraged us to do as many different things as we could ... (and despite each song’s) stylistic divergences, overdubs and flights of fancy, they all ended up grounded in his voice and sensibility,” said Cline. Cline explained this process was very different from that used for 2007’s Sky Blue Sky, which developed more gradually and organically. The many creative twists and turns in writing that album may be the result of a new incarnation of group members easing into the same musi-
“Jeff (Tweedy) encouraged us to do as many different things as we could ... they all ended up grounded in his voice and sensibility.” Nels Cline cal headspace. During studio sessions, Tweedy would bring in records he was listening to — “super obscure underground ’70s records,” says Kline. After hearing those ideas, the band began jamming out improvisations built around fairly loosely organized song structures that changed throughout the process. “During (Sky Blue Sky) we thought more about
arrangement and form ... (We would) change the key on a melody and go and redo a song completely,” said Cline. “Jeff (approached the songs) in a much more skeletal way, and was very interested in input from the band in terms of melody and arrangement ... The Album is maybe more focused on songs as songs, and not arrangements.” For example, the recorded version of Bull Black Nova is actually the song’s demo version, with added overdubs and re-recorded vocals. In contrast, Impossible Germany from Sky
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Blue Sky was rewritten several times in order to re-incorporate Cline’s guitar solo as a core element in the song. Even though it was introduced late in the process, that solo became the song’s centerpiece. And now, Cline rips into an extended, improvised version of it during live performances. “Jeff dragged that solo out of me — and it’s be-
come a written solo now,” said Cline. “Jeff liked the demo so much he asked me to learn it, so I play the same solo every time (we play live), and then go off as much as I want to.”
In Concert • Wilco plays the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Tuesday.
Secrecy behind Internet ban SoundCheck Alan Cross metronews.ca/soundcheck
ack in November, I wrote about ACTA, the secret anti-counterfeiting trademark agreement involving Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the EU and nine other countries. Representatives have been meeting behind closed doors for two years to hammer out a treaty that will inevitably affect every single person on the Internet. Yet there has been almost zero transparency. None of the draft texts have been made public and those outside the inner circle are bound by tough non-disclosure agreements. This doesn’t mean there haven’t been some leaks. Aside from measures to fight counterfeiting, there have been discussions
about a worldwide “three strikes” rule. Accused (not caught, proven or convicted) of file-sharing music three times by an aggrieved rights holder, and you’re banned from the Internet. For life. Internet service providers and telecoms would be liable for copyright infringements by their users. To avoid prosecution, that means they’ll have to find some way of sniffing through all the data — YOUR data — that passes through their pipes. And even though you may have a legitimate right to, say, ship a music file from point A to point B, there’s the potential for red flags at the ISP. Accused three times (not caught, proven or convicted) and you’re done. Not just with your current ISP, either. They’ll be required by international law to publish your name to an Internet no-fly list will prevent you from ever having an Internet account in your name ever again. And it gets better. Within the document is a second called Border Meas-
ures. There’s the real possibility that some border guard will have the power to make you prove all those music files on that iPhone in your pocket are, in fact, not pirated. Can’t do it? Bye-bye, iPhone. Oh, and you could be charged and fined. This is more than just file-sharing for stopping fake Louis Vuitton bags. It’s about privacy, civil liberties, and legitimate use of the Internet for commerce and innovation. The seventh round of negotiations is underway in Mexico — secretly, of course, partly because U.S. President Barack Obama has declared this an issue of national security. Same thing for the next round in April in New Zealand. And because this is an international treaty, it’ll just be rubber-stamped into law. No public debate. Be informed. Read what the Electronic Frontier Foundations says at eff.org/issues/acta. The Ongoing History Of New Music can be heard on stations across Canada. Read more at ongoinghistory.com and exploremusic.com
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Canada is ready to win, Williams The true keeper of Canada’s Olympic flame is no secret. It is Brian Williams, prime-time host of Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Vancouver will mark the Winnipeg native’s 13th Olympics — 11th as broadcast host. Williams says he is astounded by how far Canada has come, both as a team of athletes and as a host nation. “It’s a different feeling this time,’’ says Williams.
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